The provincial government spent $12.1 million this year to obtain 1.6 million doses of vaccine, enough to immunize about 35 per cent of the population. Last winter, about 27 per cent of Albertans were immunized, similar to figures in previous years.
As of Monday, the flu shot is available through Alberta Health Services (AHS) clinics, pharmacies, and doctors' offices around Alberta. Health officials say it's publically funded for those between the ages of 2 and eighteen however adults can also purchase the vaccine. "The flu shot can help an individual from getting the flu".
Prepare for the coming flu season and get the freebie.
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Student Health Services on campus are now offering the vaccine.
"I do need to see the numbers go up, and hopefully the health-care workforce will come out this year and tell me that being collaborative and education focused rather than punitive is something they are recognizing", she said.
A new option this year, for those who are afraid of needles, is the nasal spray vaccine.
"Those priority populations are groups in which having influenza is actually quite a unsafe thing", Dr. Chris Sikora, AHS medical Officer of Health said. All three protect against two strains of influenza A and one B virus, according to Publix.com.